Devon Rex History

The First Devon Rex was born in 1960 from a Feral Tortoiseshell and White female cat in Buckfastleigh, Devon England.  In the litter of kittens was one Curly Brownish -Black male. Miss Beryl Cox whom gave shelter to this female and litter of kittens named this kitten Kirlee. Miss Cox knew Kirlee was special and different from his normal coated litter mates. She decided to keep Kirlee as her own pet. Kirlee was the spitting image of his Feral Father
who lived in a nearby mine . All Devon Rexes can be traced back to Kirlee , The first Devon Rex.

Many ask What is the difference between the Devon Rex and The Cornish Rex.  The Devon Rex has a shorter wider head than the Cornish rex. The Devon has low set ears, large eyes and a strongly marked nose stop. The Cornish rex has high set ears
an egg shaped head and a roman nose in profile.  The Devon Rex has a medium build with a bull dog type stance. The cornish rex has a body similar to a grey hound.  The Devon Rex has a short curly coat that forms random waves as you brush your hand over its body. The cornish rex coat is uniform with marcel type waves.  Both breeds of cats are very sweet , loveable and active.

The Devon Rex is a very dependant cat and needs constant companionship be it another Cat, another Devon rex, a Dog raised with cats or a human that is home most of the time.

Devons are very playful and love to have play sessions with there people. They will also entertain themselves with a variety of toys.  Some favorites are fake furry mice, balls catnip toys and any type of feather of mylar tessers.  Never let your devon play with a feather or mylar tesser by themselves, as injury from these toys can happen.  Make sure all toys are safe . No lose parts that your devon could choke on.  Feathers, and Mylar have been eaten and caused chocking or intestinal blockages. As have string, yarn and plastic grocery bags.  A carpeted cat tree can provide hours of fun, sleeping and scratching and can also
help protect your Furniture.

Always provide fresh water, food and a clean easily accessible litter box for your Devon Rex. Keep the litter box and the food in a separate place.  Devons have been known as food bandits and will sample a variety of human food if allowed. Use common sense when giving special treats to your cat/kitten.

Do not give Chocolate , caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, egg whites or milk. Some are poisonous and cows milk can give a cat diarrhea.
Devons have also been know to sample house plants. Many are poisonous to cats.  Check with your vet, a web-site or book on poisonous planets or keep them out of reach.

Devons love to snuggle always provide a warm bed or place for them to sleep. Under the covers with you is a favorite as is a sleepbag type bed they can crawl into.

Devons can be mischievous if you find your devon doing something it shouldn’t be doing.  NEVER, NEVER hit them. That will only make them afraid of you. There are many good
books and web-sites on cat training and behavior. Many use a squirt bottle to squirt at a cat during bad behavior such as scratching on furniture. The cat then doesn’t associate the water with you and stops the behavior. Then bring them over to the scratching post or carpeted cat tree.

House soiling always has a cause. First take your cat to the vet to rule out any health problems. A urinary infection is the number one cause for urinating outside the litter box.  If the cat or kitten has been deemed in good health by your vet then the route of the house soiling needs to be found. Some common causes are territorial, separation anxiety, litter box to close to food, not happy with type of litter , litter box in too noisy of an
area, can’t get to litter box or something scarred them from the litter box. ( this can be another cat a dog, a child or even an electronic litter box that malfunctioned.) There are web-sites and books that cover this subject.

Special Devon Needs
Molting:  Many Devon go through molts at different stages of there life.  At about 8 weeks of age the Devon kitten goes through it’s first molt. The curly ringlet you might have seen in the baby picture the breeder has sent you are now gone. Some
kittens will molt down to bare skin , some to a suede and others coats will just straighten out or thin out a bit. Some devons will go through molts during there teenage stage 6-9 months old. Devon females will lose coat when they cycle or have kittens. Other devons will molt yearly most often in the summer. You will notice hair thinning around the neck and sides. This is usually no reason for alarm as long as your devon is eating , drinking and playful or acting like it’s normal self. Fever and stress can also cause a molt. If this is the case a trip to the vets will be needed.

Devon Ears :  Devons big giant bat ears collect all kinds of dirt. Check your devons ears as needed for cleaning. Use ear cleaner made for cats. Swab with a cotton ball . If you use a q-tip
be very careful not to go to deep.  The wax in the ears in very dark. Most of the time this is typical for the devon. It is usually not ear mites. If your vet is in question about ear mites have them check under a microscope to be sure before treatment. The dark waxy can be a Yeast infection your vet will give you the appropriate medication to use.

Surgery:  If your devon needs surgery let your vet know devons have two blood types.  Type A and Type B some are even AB. Your vet may want to Blood type your kitten/cat before any major surgery. Your Breeder may also know your kitten/cats blood type.  Devons can also be sensitive to some Anesthesia. These tend to be Ace and Ketamine.  Isoflourane gas works well and is safe.

Vaccines:  Your Devon Kitten will have it’s first vaccines for Major Upper Respiratory and distemper These are Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Pankeukopenia ( distemper) and some will get pneumonitis( Chlamydia). Rabies is not routinely given unless your cat or kitten is being shipped by airplane or has in the past been on a plane.
Leukemia vaccine is not used in many catteries: Devon Breeders generally agree that devons do not react well to this vaccine. I randomly test for Leukemia.  I have never had an incidence
of Leukemia in my cattery.

Fip (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) This is still somewhat of a mystery disease although it is being studied aggressively. The vaccine is contraversial in both the veternary community and among breeders.

Enjoy your Devon Rex!


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